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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226925161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226925165
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In a beautiful new exploration of the Carta Marina, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map, scholar Joseph Nigg dives deep into the history and wide influence of Olaus' bizarre creatures.”

(Wired)

“Nigg, the inventive mind behind How To Raise and Keep a Dragon, has immersed himself in the lore and history of imaginary animals for 30 years. His newest book, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map, is itself a neat trick. Unfold the book jacket to reveal a poster-sized reproduction of a richly detailed map of Scandinavia that dates to 1539. The seas on the map are littered with fantastic creatures, such as a sea unicorn and a giant worm that wraps itself around a big ship. Nigg is an extremely capable guide through the treacherous waters.”

(Boston Globe)

“Nigg explore[s] maps as maps, with monsters as the decorative—and instructive—elements in the mapmakers’ repertory, and bring[s] the story into the present, showing how ‘the geography of the marvellous’ has deeply imprinted the collective imagination and has naturalized ancient sea monsters through different media, including video games.”
(New York Review of Books)

About the Author

Joseph Nigg is also the author of The Book of Fabulous Beasts and How to Raise and Keep a Dragon, among others.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rosepetal on October 23, 2013
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This book is a wonderful step back in time with wonderful illustrations and painstaking attention to detail. It is a fascinating look at the totally different perceptions of the world and mindset from the 16th century all while navigating a map from that time: Enter a world of fantastical creatures which were considered real at the time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love the title's extension - a "beguiling" map. You can tell as you read this book, that Joseph Nigg is head over heels with Olaus Magnus' 1539 "Carte Marina", and you can't blame him. How could you not love a map that shows, with a straight face, "ducks being hatched from the fruits of the trees" on the coast of Scotland? Why? Because migrating birds were not understood.

Printed in Venice, the Carte Marina "was the largest, most detailed, and most accurate map of any part of Europe up to that time." It was the authoritative source for sea creature hazards up into the early 1600's, and Olaus' illustrations were copied by other cartographers and authors. By 1612, though, Johann Jansson's version of the map left off the sea monsters - the age of science had begun.

The text of "Sea Monsters" is enjoyable reading, sometimes a little dry because of the detail. There are excerpts and illustrations from many sources, maps, treatises and travelogues. Every page has multiple illustrations, such as a photo of a 1982 postage stamp from Namibia. Its beautiful graphic shows a monstrous sea serpent wrapping itself around a sailing ship, and is taken from the Carte Marina.

Last but definitely not least, you will notice that the book jacket is made of unusually sturdy paper. Voilà! It is actually a fold-out full-color replica of the Carte Marina! What a treat! If you want to keep the jacket/map safer, take it off the book. It's OK, because the book's front and back have full-color excerpts from the Carte Marina and the book looks great on its own.

This wonderfully illustrated book is a real treat - and a glimpse into the medieval mind and imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Madan on February 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After looking at several books on medieval maps and sea monsters, I found this one to be the most informative, engaging, well-illustrated and well-designed. Nicely done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Forsberg on January 23, 2014
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This book focuses on maps by a Swedish priest/mapmaker named Olaus Magnus in 1539. His mission was to give the broadest ranging maps of his time and he succeeded. He also drew the mythological sea monsters that explorers and sailors reported seeing on their voyages. At one time the Catholic Archbishop of Upsalla, Sweden, Magnus was ousted by protestant reformers and he fled to Danzig. I loved this book because the drawings are excellent and the lore is fascinating, plus the maps are amazing. It gives us a view into the1530's, a time when explorers such as de Soto, Cardenas, Coronado, de Orellana and de Mota were actively exploring North America and Asia. Magnus was an important mapmaker who delineated the shape of the world as Europeans knew it at that time, and he also preserved the mythological beings who inhabited the imaginations of the sea voyagers.
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